The Origami Yoda series is perfect for family read-alouds

This series of illustrated novels by the U.S. writer Tom Angleberger is so addictively enjoyable that your kid might just put down the video game console and devour them before the summer’s up

American author Tom Angleberger was inspired by the famous artist Fumiaki Kawahata’s origami Yoda when he wrote his charming series of books about a group of sixth graders who become better friends while making paper puppets in the likenesses of Star Wars characters.

Who could have imagined that such an esoteric beginning would spark a creative project that would spread so far and wide as Angleberger’s massively popular series?

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They Both Die At The End celebrates same sex love

Bringing sci-fi futurism together with romance, Adam Silvera’s novel is aBOUT FINDING love AMIDST CHAOS

Rufus and Mateo live in the near future in New York City. In their social-media saturated world, a mysterious company called Death Cast phones people, known as Deckers, to tell them they’re going to die within the next 24 hours. Rufus and Mateo meet through an app, Last Friend, which matches up Deckers on their last days.

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The Hate U Give is a must-read for parents of teens

Whether they live in Parkland, Baltimore or Toronto, teens want change

In the first few scenes of The Hate U Give, 16-year-old Starr Carter sees one of her closest friends, Khalil, shot and killed by a police officer. She’ll never be the same. While the world swirls around her in advance of her testimony before a grand jury, Starr fears retribution from a gang leader, defends Khalil on television, speaks through a bullhorn for the first time, and questions every friendship she’s ever had.

Amidst the chaos of riots in her own neighbourhood, Starr is faced with tough choices about how to respond to the injustice of being black and how to honour her friend Khalil’s memory.

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